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Puglia

Puglia, or Apulia as it is also known, is an undiscovered region in Southern Italy in the heel of Italy's boot, flanked by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and rich in heritage and culture with picturesque historical towns, castles, churches and architectural masterpieces, breathtaking scenery, beautiful coastlines, traditional food, wines and olive oils. It is a most ravishing distillation of everything that admiring visitors to Puglia consider "quintessentially Italian".

Climate

Puglia is blessed with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. The hilltop towns in the Valle d'Itria always enjoy a breeze, even in the hottest months of the year and the humidity is generally minimal. The Meditarranean climate and long hot summers often permit swimming in the sea late into October and make it an ideal place to visit all year round. There are so many things to experience and discover that a holiday in Puglia will be truly memorable.

Cuisine

Puglia enjoys a reputation as the gastronomical paradise of Italy. Eighty percent of Italy's pasta and olive oil originate from Puglia, as well as a huge proportion of its fish, almonds, tomatoes, cherries and grapes. But Puglia is not only known for its agricultural produce. It is also world famous for its trulli, circular dwellings with conical shaped roofs dating back to before the 16th century. They have become a national monument and are protected by UNESCO. They are only to be found in a restricted area of Puglia: the Valle D’Itria, which encompasses the towns of Alberobello, the capital of trulli and home to over 1500 trulli, Locorotondo, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni and also, but to a slightly lesser extent, San Vito dei Normanni, Carovigno, San Michele Salentino, Putignano and Noci.

Towns

There are many other fascinating towns to visit in the area, all with charming historical centres. Experience the winding streets of Ostuni "the White City", the charm of Cisternino; the baroque architecture of Martina Franca; the famous cuisine of Ceglie Messapica; the magical caves of Castellana Grotte; the breathtaking cliffs of Polignano a Mare; the Roman ruins at Egnazia near Fasano; the marine nature park at Torre Guaceto and other fabulous beaches; the colourful history of the major ports of Brindisi and Bari; the stunning beauty of Lecce "the Florence of the South".

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